Websites

The web is well-stocked with wonderful materials and no list can be comprehensive. Here are some useful websites, listed alphabetically, for those with an interest in tourism history, tourism studies, and mobilities studies. I am anxious to add scholarly sites to the list, so please do not hesitate to email me with sites that should be added.

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The Advertising Archives: This site promises to be "the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind in Europe." It contains a collection that spans the nineteenth-century to the present, including materials related to tourism.

Air Transport Worldwide: Monthly magazine aimed at global airline and commercial transport communities. Excellent source for current information about these sectors.

Archives Nationales (France): Major source for materials concerning French topics.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Historic Tourist Maps by Year: This site consists of .pdf and .tiff files of highway maps published between 1916 and 2012.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: More than a website publicizing perhaps the most important Holocaust tourism site, this website features a wealth of information about educational opportunities, the Auschwitz archive, and more.

Aviation Safety and Security Archives (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) List of Archives and Special Collections: The story of aviation is central to the story of mass tourism. This site contains links to a host of aviation-related archives across the United States as well as brief summaries of specialities and holdings. An excellent resource.

 

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Bibliotèque du tourisme et des voyages: Established in 1986, this archive includes the records of the Touring Club de France, one of the most important early French cycling and tourism organizations. Holdings also include periodicals such as Espaces, Tour Hebdo, L'Écho Touristique, La Gazette Officielle du Tourisme, and Géo.

British Airways History and Heritage Collection: The evolution of aviation is central to the growth of mass tourism during the twentieth century. This archive includes material about British commerical aviation stretching back some 90-years, including photographs, posters, and more.

British National Archives: The British National Archives offers an astonishing collection, including materials dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period (they even have a mummified rat and a forged Hitler passport [done by the SIS during WWII] that shows the antisemitic dictator to be both a Jew and a regular visitor to Palestine). More and more material goes online each year, however tourism historians should plan to visit the physical location at Kew, London in order to take advantage of the majority of holdings.

 

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Cork City and County Archive: This archive contains "over 3.5 km of records, comprising over 1000 individual collections." There are personal papers, buisiness records, and more. Tourism historians will find valuable materials related to tourism development in the county.

cycleBOOM is a study to understand cycling among the older population and how this affects independence, health, and wellbeing.

 

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Eröffnung des Historischen Archivs zum Tourismus (HAT): This facility collects historical materials including Baedeker guides, flyers, and tourists' photo albums. It holds some 50,000 travel leaflets and other ephemera, 11,000 books and newspapers, periodicals, posters, maps—mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries.

European Travellers to Wales: Travellers from Europe have been writing about their diverse impressions and perceptions of Wales in diaries, letters, travelogues and, more recently, blogs for centuries. Remarks on the nature of travelling in a foreign country, its people, the weather, town and country life, industrial enterprise, social endeavours or encounters with unfamiliar food are only a few of the topics in these texts. This three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project looks  into the various portrayals of Wales and ‘Welshness’ in European travel writing in the period 1750-2010. The project is a collaboration between Bangor University, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Swansea University. Visitors to this site will find an extensive database of travel writing among other resources.

 

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Forest Hill Cemetery: A Guide (Madison, Wisconsin): Garden cemeteries played a vital part in the development of parks during the nineteenth century and continue to represent important tourist destinations to this day. This excellent site, developed by environmental historian William Cronon and his students, includes a wealth of information about the Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

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Grand Tours of Scotland: This BBC television series follows host Paul Murton as he follows his Black's Guide around Scotland, stopping to chat with tourism experts/historians along the way. It is both entertaining and informative.

Greenwood Cemetery (Brooklyn, New York): Garden cemeteries played a vital part in the development of parks during the nineteenth century and continue to represent important tourist destinations to this day. Greenwood is one of the earliest such sites in the United States. The website provides useful information about visiting and about some of the residents.

 

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Highgate Cemetery (London): Garden cemeteries played a vital part in the development of parks during the nineteenth century and continue to represent important tourist destinations to this day. Highgate is particularly impressive and the cemetery website includes information about the site and about the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, annual reports, and more.

Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip: When Dr. Horatio Nelson, Sewall K. Crocker, and Bud, the Bulldog successfully drove across the United States it was not America's first road trip—wealthy Americans had been engaging in distance racing and various car-related endurance trials for several years. It was, however, an astonishing adventure and it did play an important role in the early growth of automotive tourism/travel. This Ken Burns film tells the story well and the website includes some useful resources.

 

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Internet Archive: This site contains a massive amount of material on all manner of subjects, among them tourism and travel. There are newsreels, publicity films, home movies (of sites such as Yosemite and Yellowstone, for example), educational movies (one explains how to take a family car trip), and much more.

 

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John Murray Archive (Edinburgh, Scotland): John Murray was one of the first publishers of tourism guidebooks. This archive consists of 200 years of material from the his publishing house, including a wealth of material on travel and exploration.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History (Duke University): This archive includes a wealth of materials related to the history of advertising—including an extensive collection of ads that relate to tourism. Many of the ads are available online.

 

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Kensal Green Cemetery (London): Garden cemeteries played a vital part in the development of parks during the nineteenth century and continue to represent important tourist destinations to this day. This website discusses one of the most important such sites in London, including information on the history of the cemetery and its famous residents.

 

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Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images (Yale University): The Lewis Walpole Library includes a wealth of wonderful eighteenth-century images, including a good number that are related to the Grand Tour. Many are accessible online through this site.

Library of Congress Digital Collections and Services: The United States Government offers a wealth of material through the Library of Congress, more and more of it online each year. There are photographs, sound recordings, historic newspapers, and a lot more, including some good tourism- and travel-related items.

List of Worldwide Mobilities-related conferences, workshops and seminars: This list is maintained by the CeMoRe Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University.

 

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Maine Memory Network: This site functions both as a sort of archive and as an online museum exploring the history of Maine, the northeastern most corner of the United States. Maine market's itself as "Vacationland" and this resource includes hundreds of tourism/travel exhibits. The Maine Historical Society also has a physical archive that features still more materials that will be of interest to tourism historians.

 

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National Archives of Ireland: Contains numerous boxes of material related to the development of tourism in Ireland since the end of the Irish Civil War.

National Library of Ireland: While there are some tourism-related documents in the archive, the National Library also has a wealth of published secondary sources in their holdings.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea: This six-part Ken Burns film tells the story of the national parks, starting in the mid-nineteenth century. This website includes useful materials for educators.

National Park's Economic Impacts (from Headwaters Economics): Graphs, searchable by park, listing the economic impact of America's national parks and national historic sites.

National Railway Museum (UK) Archives: In addition to being an amazing museum, the National Railway Museum holds a range of materials (drawings, papers, technical records, timetables, books, magazines, accident reports, etc.), including many that are online, that will be useful to researchers.

 

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Observatory of Mobility in Social Sciences in the European Research Area "is both a research tool and an outcome of the research project . . . . The project explores the impact of teh ERA policies on social sciences by focusing on the practices of researchers and grant-makers in the emerging European research market."

 

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Public Records Office of Northern Ireland: Holdings include some materials related to tourism development in Northern Ireland.

 

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Thinking About Cycling: This blog explores various aspects of cycling, both from an academic and more personal perspective.

Thomas Cook Archives: This archive, located in Peterborough, England, includes newspapers, images, company records, and much more besides. Anybody with an interest in the expansion of tourism during the nineteenth century, with the growth of package tourism, or even in the intersection of evangelical religion and the travel industry will find this an invaluable archive to visit. The website includes contact information and a general list of holidings.

Touring Club Italiano Archive: This archive contains the records of the Touring Club Italiano, as well as materials acquired by the group since its foundation in 1894. There are archival holdings, maps, photographs, a library of published works, and much more.

Tourismus Museum: This museums focuses on the history of tourism in the Alpine region of Italy (South Tyrol). It is located in the Trauttmansdorff Castle and contains exhibits related to leisure travel in the region. They hold 12,000+ tourism related posters, souvenirs, postcards, photos, advertisements, menus, travel accessories, and so on.

Toynbee Prize Foundation: This organization "was chartered to contribute to the development of the social sciences, as defined from a broad historical view of human society and of human and social problems." It takes a particular interest in global history.

Travel Film Archive: This site offers a very impressive "collection of travel travelogues and educational and industry films - many of them in color - that show the world the way it was between 1900 and 1970."

 

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UN World Tourism Organization: The UNWTO website includes annual reports, news releases, and other information about global tourism. Its UNWTO Annual Report and Tourism Highlights publications are essential reading for those interested in the current state of the industry worldwide.

 

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Vermont Secretary of State: Among other holdings, this office maintains a series of photographs take by the Department of Tourism and Marketing, most dating from 1955-1993. There are also materials relating to historic preservation.

 

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Wisconsin Historical Society: This useful website offers tourism- and travel-related photographs, historical lesson plans, essays, and much more. Among other holdings, this archive has a good selection of work by H.H. Bennett, one of the most important early tourism photographers in the United States.

 

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